In an odd role reversal, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough strongly denounced Texas Gov. Rick Perry, this morning, over a Washington Post report about a hunting camp that once (and colloquially, still does) bore the offensive name “N*ggerhead,” while liberal co-host Mika Brzezinski defended Perry and mocked the news value of the story. Scarborough called the incident “disqualifying,” while Brzezinski’s faint defense involved asking whether Perry isn’t “running around screaming (the n-word) wildly at people?”
Republican presidential debate audiences, what with their cheering executions and telling the uninsured to just go and die already, sure are great, aren’t they? At tonight’s Fox News/Google debate in Florida, the crowd stuck with tradition by booing a gay soldier who’d asked about the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. Come for the booing, stay for Rick Santorum equating being gay to “sex.”
The Republican-led Texas legislature is engaged in a “war on birth control and abortions,” according to Texas state Rep. Wayne Christian (R).
Conservative Texas lawmakers have cut tens of millions of dollars of family planning funding for health care providers like Planned Parenthood.
The state legislature also passed legislation requiring doctors to perform a sonogram at least 24 hours before an abortion.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum no doubt dislikes that he isn’t topping any recent polls of the 2012 field, but he may dislike the thing that tops search results of his name even more. And now, he’s asking search giant Google to do something about it.
During the 2010 debate over the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, Republicans continually claimed that allowing tax rates for the richest two percent of Americans to go back to where they were under the Clinton administration would disproportionately affect small businesses. The claim wasn’t true then — as just 3 percent of people with any business income at all, from a business large or small, would be affected if the top two tax rates increase — but that didn’t stop the GOP from parroting it over and over.
Ed Rollins, former campaign manager and current “informal adviser” to Rep. Michele Bachmann, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell moments ago that Bachmann doesn’t have the “ability or the resources” to go beyond Iowa.
Rollins stopped working for the campaign day-to-day earlier this month in a staff shakeup, and criticized her comments on the HPV vaccine last week.
Tea party Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) used himself as an example Monday while arguing against President Barack Obama’s plan to make sure millionaires pay about the same tax rate as the people that work for them.
“In my own case, I own LLCs,” Fleming told MSNBC’s Chris Jansing. “The income flows to my personal tax return and whatever is left over after taxes are paid, I feed my family on the one hand and on the other hand, I reinvest in my business.”
“With all due respect, The Wall Street Journal estimated that your businesses, which I believe are Subway sandwich shops and UPS stores — very successful — brought you last year, over $6 million,” Jansing noted.
Meghan McCain: Supporting Rick Perry (George W. Bush 2.0) is the Surest Way to Reelect Obama
When the initial buzz about Rick Perry started getting louder and louder this summer, I asked a friend of mine, who is a longtime veteran of Republican politics, what I should expect from the Texas governor who was trying to become our party’s next nominee for president. The response was quick and to the point: “Rick Perry is George Bush on crack, just wait.” So far, I don’t necessarily agree that Rick Perry is George Bush on crack, but he could definitely be described as George Bush 2.0. He is also a phenomenon that has quickly attracted intense interest and high poll numbers that continue to climb (he is currently, in most polls, the Republican frontrunner). All of it, I quite frankly do not understand. I feel like a character in “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” but instead of pointing out that the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes, I am pointing out that this person is in every way unelectable on a national scale.